Today marks the first day of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. The Tucson Police Department's (TPD) Financial Crimes Unit is offering daily tips on the TPD Facebook page to provide fraud prevention strategies related to taxes.
Today's tip is a reminder that the IRS will never call to demand money or threaten arrest. This is a common, nationwide scam that includes Tucson residents among the victims. Scammers often will provide a phony case file number or agent identification number to sound official. The IRS will send letters regarding any tax issues and will not make threatening phone calls. Residents who receive these calls are encouraged to report them to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.